Tensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. Like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined toTensions between human and vampire factions are escalating. Peace hangs in the balance. Like two ill-fated stars, Alexia Fox and Damon are destined to collide. She's a seductive human operative on a mission to infiltrate an illegal vampire colony. He's a vampire and represents everything she loathes, and all that she desires. Their attraction is scorching, immediate...and could explode like the fragile truce they've both been fighting independently to preserve. Now the world's last hope hinges on their ability to work together. As enemies they are doomed, but as allies they just might save the world
Received in ebook format from the publisher via www.netgalley.com Expansionists want to extend vampire territory into human space since they are running out of space. The two are sent by their own sides to investigate illegal building and find an instant mutual attraction, despite the opposing sides.
The appearance of Lysander, a daysider like Damon throws the collaboration into turmoil as no one knows who to trust. A battle ensues, Damon wins and finally Alexia and Damon get to the new colony, where, by sheer coincidence it appears that Damon is an old friend of the leader, so is allowed access. Here humans and all breeds of vampires can survive without enslaving anyone.
Damon keeps having these dark spells, where he becomes over emotional for a sub vampire and reaches unexpected strength, making him stronger than even a full blood vampire. Alexia believes she can save him and pull him back from these dark moments and she goes some way to achieve this (bleugh woman thinks she can save a man by changing his violent temper)
The enclave gets attacked, friends become enemies, enemies friends, and rescue comes from an unexpected source.
There is an awful lot of talking and only occasional bouts of action as Alexia and Damon try to work through their mission. Despite all the theories being expounded between the two, in the end I found it all rather tiring, and I lost interest. I like two things from my vampires: plenty of fighting and plenty of sex. The fights scenes, when they arrived were good, and the rare sex scenes sexy. Unfortunately neither happened that frequently
An awful lot of information was parted over to the reader by people standing around talking. Damon’s mission was too full of "oh did i not tell you about that? Whoops!" It's rare that I suggest that a book could do with being longer, but if more of the back story/world could have been built up, then there would be less of the brain dump by conversation. I understand the reasons behind much of the talking (it was a means to an end) but there were bits of the back story that could have been handled differently ...more
Have two copies of this: one is the RED paper edition, the other listened to as part of Craftlit podcast. Read, in part, by Jon Scholes from VaguenetHave two copies of this: one is the RED paper edition, the other listened to as part of Craftlit podcast. Read, in part, by Jon Scholes from Vaguenet and Ehren Ziegler from ChopBard
Heather gives a wonderful discussion of the book and the readers have been brilliant (and we get to hear it for free!). Now the book is complete (it was released near weekly, mainly by chapter) it's possible to get the whole lot via www.craftlit.com or via the sister show without the crafty chat Just the books...more
What would happen if Van Helsing had failed and Dracula had survived?
Finally found this book as a result of doing recent TBR culls and decided to readWhat would happen if Van Helsing had failed and Dracula had survived?
Finally found this book as a result of doing recent TBR culls and decided to read ahead of listening to "Dracula" on the Craftlit (http://www.craftlit.com) podcast.
It's Victorian England, Vampires are an established fact, and more and more people are "crossing over" to the Undead. Dracula is now the Prince Consort, married to a now un-dead Queen Victoria. His dirty blood line is being passed down into the lower dregs of society, into the prostitutes and lowlifes.
A killer, known as "The Silver Knife" has been killing vampire prostitutes in the fog bound London, and the newly dead Lestrade asks for help from an older Vampire to help investigate the killings. Meanwhile, the secret Diogenes Club sets its own "warm" investigator to persue his own inquiries. Soon they join forces to progress to find the killer who has been renamed in the press as "jack the ripper". It ultimately comes to a face off with a Dracula and his followers looking as you've never seen him before
Lots of fictional and non fictional characters have been included in the story. The Chinese elder vampire subplot I thought was a little redundant and could easily have been dropped - a lot of wordage was wasted purely to show how strong Genevive was (and how she recovered from her injuries). I think it could have been dropped in favour of the ending with Dracula.[return][return]Otherwise I think this is perhaps the best of the vampire books I've read. Certainly better than Twilight (spits into corner). I'll be interested to compare it to the original....more
Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear aLate one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of – a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history
Well I enjoyed this. Bit of a love story, lots of history (if that's not real historical stuff it's very well made up!), not TOO heavy on the vampire stuff, though of course Dracula does make an appearance several times.
Whilst the daughter is prevalent at the start of the book, she does get "lost" in the middle, and makes a smallish appearance at the end of the book, which was a bit of a disappointment, as she was the one who initiated the story at the beginning...more